Comedy skein will be first NBC show lensed in Sweden with local talent
CANNES — NBC has acquired U.S. broadcast rights to Amy and Greg Poehler’s exec-produced “Welcome to Sweden” from Entertainment One.
The half-hour comedy series is one of the most buzzed about skeins being shopped at Cannes TV mart Mipcom, which wraps on Thursday.
Created by Greg Poehler (pictured) and based on his own life story, the series is a fish-out-of-water comedy series turning on a New York accountant, Bruce (Greg Poehler), who falls in love with a Swedish girl, Emma (Josephine Bornebusch), and follows her to Sweden.
A truly international skein, “Welcome to Sweden” toplines a mix of local and foreign thesps, notably Bornebusch, who stars in Swedish hit drama “Solsidan,” Lena Olin (“Chocolat”), Illeana Douglas (“Grace of my Heart”) and Patrick Duffy (“Dallas”).
The offbeat comedy was first commissioned by Sweden’s TV4 as the network’s first-ever English-language series.
“This show is a ‘first’’ on so many levels,” said Carrie Stein, exec VP of global production for eOne Television. “It’s the first English-language comedy for TV4; the first television show Greg Poehler has ever created and starred in and executive produced with his sister Amy; and it’s the first time NBC has been involved with a comedy shot in Stockholm with a large Swedish cast! The reason this comedy has attracted all these people is because its theme is universal — love conquers all…even if it means moving to Sweden.”
At Mipcom, eOne is also shopping six-part period drama “Klondike” starring Abbie Cornish.